Kenny Cooper is on the move.
The 30-year-old American forward was waived by Seattle Sounders with the club releasing the following short statement on Thursday as the eight-year MLS veteran is now a free agent but is already interesting teams around the league, most notably the Montreal Impact.
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Here’s what the Sounders had to say about Cooper:
“Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it has waived forward Kenny Cooper. Cooper came to Seattle via a trade with FC Dallas on December 13, 2013. The eight-year veteran appeared in 22 matches for Sounders FC last season, recording three goals and four assists. He added six goals in four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, earning Player of the Tournament honors as the club won its fourth title in six years.”
On Wednesday Montreal’s head coach Frank Klops spoke to the media about Cooper and it’s fair to say he’s a fan of the towering Maryland native.
“We have an interest,” Klopas said. “We need forward depth. He knows the league. He’s played overseas. He’s got international experience. He’s someone that, immediately, can come in and have an impact, because he knows the league well.”
Cooper is an MLS nomad as the player who spent three-years with Manchester United during his youth career, and time in the Bundesliga with 1860 Munich, has played for FC Dallas in two separate spells, the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Seattle.
If the interest from Montreal is concrete, would Cooper fit in well at Stade Saputo? The Impact could certainly use some reinforcements up top with Jack McInerney, Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti the three guys leading Montreal’s offense this season after promising rookie Cameron Porter suffered a season-ending ACL injury to his right knee. Despite success in the CONCACAF Champions League (they face Costa Rican side Alajuelense in the semifinals) Montreal have scored just twice in their opening three matches of the MLS season and are one of four teams yet to record a victory.
Cooper’s experience and presence could slot in well with the speed and predatory instincts of Oduro and McInerney, as the U.S. international forward seems likely to end up in Quebec as his two-year adventure in Seattle is over.